POCARI Sweat import Krystal Rivers remained confident of the Lady Warriors’ chances in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Finals as she prepares to counter BaliPure’s defense adjustments in the title decider on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Warriors looked to complete a come-from-behind victory in Game Two when the Water Defenders rallied late in the fifth set and dragged the defending champions into a do-or-die match for the title at 6 p.m.
“I’m just going to go out there and play my game. They’ll probably make adjustments so I have to adjust,” said Rivers, who struggled early in the game but still led the team in scoring with 26 points.
“That’s the game of volleyball and [I just] try to be the best volleyball player that I can be and try to help my team win a championship,” she added.
BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb admitted that they had no idea on what to expect from the 6-foot-1 opposite spiker from Alabama in the finals opener, but came up with tweaks to limit Rivers’ attack.
“Noong first game hindi namin alam ang laro nitong si Rivers,” bared the veteran coach. “Alam ko utility lang siya pero 'yung talo namin noon, ni-rewind ko sa utak ko, saan ba niya dinadala 'yung bola, 'yung mga ganun lang.”
Rivers, who only saw action in the Finals, vowed to make the most of her limited stint in the country.
The American import waited for more than a week to finally play due to lack of release papers from the International Volleyball Federation.
“It’s pretty quick so I want to make the most of it, and making the most of it is winning a championship,” she said. “I want to do everything I can to leave with a championship.”